The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

Director: Justin Chadwick Cast: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana

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Adapted from author Philippa Gregory's historical novel of the same name, director Justin Chadwick's atmospheric period drama follows the fierce competition between sisters Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) to win the affections of Tudor king Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Anne and Mary Boleyn are under pressure from their father and uncle to help maintain the family's rich legacy and ensure their further prosperity by winning the affections of none other than the king of England (Eric Bana). But life in the royal court is far different than it was in the countryside where these two sisters were raised, and before long their bid to earn the love of the king has transformed two once-happy sisters into bitter rivals. At first, it appears that Mary has triumphed in winning the king's favor by becoming his mistress and bearing him an illegitimate child. Despite her early success, however, Mary has underestimated just how clever and cunning her sibling can truly be. Not only does the relentless Anne manage to edge aside her sister in the eyes of King Henry, but she also succeeds in averting his gaze from his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, as well. Mary is driven by genuine affection for King Henry, while her sister Anne has only kept up the charade in a desperate bid to become the queen of England. Now, the growing chasm between two sisters is mirrored on a larger scale as England becomes divided more than ever before. As the consequences of their actions threaten to alter the course of an entire nation, these two sisters will ultimately discover that the only place they will find true strength and loyalty is in family, and that no matter what the consequences they will forever be bound by blood.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
UPC: 0043396214507
Original Release: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 3,350

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted and extended scenes; "Translating History to the Screen" - Featurette on bringing the actual historical story and best selling novel to life; "To Be a Lady" Featurette on the life of a lady & court etiquette in 16th century England; Members of the Court Biographies: Go in depth and explore the real lives of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII and others

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Portman Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson Mary Boleyn
Eric Bana Henry Tudor
Jim Sturgess George Boleyn
Mark Rylance Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kristin Scott Thomas Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
David Morrissey The Duke of Norfolk
Benedict Cumberbatch William Carey
Oliver Coleman Henry Percy
Ana Torrent Katherine of Aragon
Eddie Redmayne William Stafford
Thom Cox Rider
Michael Smiley Physician
Montserrat Roig De Puig Lady in Waiting
Juno Temple Jane Parker
Iain Mitchell Thomas Cromwell
Andrew Garfield Francis Weston
Mark Lewis Jones Brandon
Alfie Allen King's Messenger
Joseph Moore Young Henry
Tiffany Friesberg Mary Talbot
Bill Wallis Archbishop Cranmer
Joanna Scanlan Midwife
Brodie Judge Young Catherine
Oscar Negus Little Henry
Maisie Smith Young Elizabeth
Daisy Doidge-Hill Young Anne
Kizzy Fassett Young Mary
Finton Reilly Young George
Emma Noakes Maid
Poppy Hurst Little Catherine
Constance Stride Mary Tudor

Technical Credits
Justin Chadwick Director
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects Supervisor
Paul Cantelon Score Composer
Mark Cooper Co-producer
Paul Donachie Camera Operator
Paul Gooch Makeup
Matt Gray Art Director
Paul Harris Choreography
John Paul Kelly Production Designer
Paul Knight Editor
Derek Lea Stunts
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Carol Littleton Editor
Tony Lucken Stunts
Emma Macdevitt Art Director
Kieran McGuigan Cinematographer
John Midgley Sound Mixer
Peter Morgan Screenwriter
Alison Owen Producer
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Lisa Pickering Makeup
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ivana Primorac Makeup
Alastair Rae Camera Operator
Nikita Rae Makeup
Ollie Rankin Animator
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Heba Thorisdottir Makeup
Faye Ward Associate Producer
Chrissie Whitney Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Other Boleyn Girl
1. Chapter 1 [4:37]
2. Chapter 2 [3:00]
3. Chapter 3 [4:40]
4. Chapter 4 [3:37]
5. Chapter 5 [3:54]
6. Chapter 6 [3:37]
7. Chapter 7 [4:53]
8. Chapter 8 [3:16]
9. Chapter 9 [3:45]
10. Chapter 10 [3:26]
11. Chapter 11 [3:34]
12. Chapter 12 [4:47]
13. Chapter 13 [3:08]
14. Chapter 14 [3:29]
15. Chapter 15 [3:23]
16. Chapter 16 [4:20]
17. Chapter 17 [3:42]
18. Chapter 18 [3:45]
19. Chapter 19 [3:40]
20. Chapter 20 [2:27]
21. Chapter 21 [3:51]
22. Chapter 22 [3:39]
23. Chapter 23 [3:10]
24. Chapter 24 [3:56]
25. Chapter 25 [5:07]
26. Chapter 26 [3:11]
27. Chapter 27 [2:40]
28. Chapter 28 [9:01]

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The Other Boleyn Girl 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
L2TA More than 1 year ago
The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory, was an amazing book. However, this movie based on the novel was disappointing. Maybe it's because I know so much about the history of the Boleyn girls with Henry VIII that I am not too fond of this movie. Half of the facts in the movie are incorrect, or at least incorrectly portrayed. I know that most people don't purchase a movie because of it's historical correctness. But if you have read, and enjoyed, the book, then do not buy this movie. The discrepancies between the movie and the book are enormous, bigger than most. The movie follows Anne's pursuit of the king more than it does Mary's life and Mary's side of the story, which is what the book is all about. There is no portrayal whatsoever of the love between Mary and William Stafford, and the movie completely ignores the fact that Mary had a daughter as well as a son. Most of the information about Mary, and Mary's pursuit of, then avoidance of, the king are altogether ignored. The movie is so very different from the book that had I not already owned and read the book, I would have thought it a mere coincidence that both the movie and the book shared the same name. The actors did a very good job. They all played their parts wonderfully and each seemed to meld with their characters. Natalie Portman played a beautiful and manipulative Anne Boleyn, and Scarlett Johansson was interesting to watch in her portrayal of Mary. The costumes were also very well adapted to the period and accurate. Had the cast been different, I think this movie would have tanked and been forgotten quickly, something an actor would leave off their resumes. But all these actors pulled this movie together wonderfully, to the point where I am almost willing to overlook aforementioned enormous discrepancies. I applaud the cast, but not the script writers.
jenn89 More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Great cast, great story and great costumes. IT was great to see this true story presented so vividly and so well. I highly recomend watching it. It never got dull for me to watch. When it was over I wanted to watch it again.
MsC More than 1 year ago
As a history buff and fan of romance novels I enjoy Philippa Gregory's books because they are so very entertaining. When the film was in theaters my daughter and I went to see it and really enjoyed it. Reading Gregory's novel as well as Weir's book and watching the movie makes for some interesting discussions about the film and the actual events. Eric Bana makes a very sexy Henry the VIII.
Golden08 More than 1 year ago
This movie was great! I enjoyed every bit of it. I loved how the story was told. It kept me interested. =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if it isn't historically accurate
Guest More than 1 year ago
As many have purported, the book is definitely better. I read the book before viewing the movie. The movie does not give the title justice. Read the book - 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie is not nearly as good as the book but it is still a movie that i recommend. the book has so much more beautiful detail that if they were to get it all into the movie the movie would have to be like 24 hours long!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the historical period of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. It's so filled with drama, scandal, and betrayal. I read the book before seeing the movie and was so excited to see it especially when I saw who they'd casted for the movie. It's true that often because of time and budget the movie often lacks the quality that books can have. However I think that this is a movie that is worth taking the time to make it a little longer to at least make an effort to show some of the depth that this story has. It seemed to rushed and compressed as other reviews have said. It took out huge profound scenes from the book that should have been there to develop the story. Eric Bana,Scarlett Johanson, and Natalie Portman are all very exceptional actors and performed wonderfully it's just too bad that the script they were given is not worthy of their talent.
KakooBontemp More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every minute of this movie. It was so very seductive. If I hadn't previously read the book and been aquainted with the story, it might not have made much sense. Honestly Just how many hours long would this movie need to be to capture the true story?
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love tudor history, forget this movie! while the actors did a credible job and the script wasn't too bad, this movie was so choppy as to make little sense. And they played fast and loose with actual events. Any resemblance to gregory's book is purely accidental.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!!!! It is so good in soo many different ways!!!! THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!! After i saw ths movie I did all of this reseach on the Boleyn's and stuff in this movie and it is soo interesting!!!! I LOVE THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL!!!!!!!!!! watch this Movie
lighthouse27587 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie...I can't get enough of it and would love to now purchase the book and the dvd.
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Izzie_reads_books More than 1 year ago
Well, I wouldn't say this movie was the best, but it didn't go by the original book which I can't say is a good or bad thing. At least in the movie, Mary wasn't so...well...--anyways, I guess it's good enough. I'm glad they left out a lot of details--but some, the movie shouldn't have. Such as the secret marriage with Mary and William Stafford and the death of William Carey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a history teacher and a big fan of this period in history the movie drove me crazy!!! It does not stick to actual historical facts and with that statement alone is not worth the time. The era of Henry VIII is so interesting and has so much wonderful drama, I don't understand the need to change history. Waste of time, however if you don't know the historical background, it is at least intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some critics derided the focus this took on relationships and emotion as "soap opera," or others got stuck on the costume drama aspect and made very lame jokes about ripping bodices, but I was game to see a retelling of this piece of history that focused on some of the more minor players, and what the events portrayed _may have_ meant in their lives beyond the cool politics. I was really glad I listened to the positive reviews, because I think some critics really missed the point. This is not a documentary, A Man for All Seasons, or the Henry VIII productions for the BBC, nor does it try to be. It does try to imagine what _might_ have been behind a real life story of a family that managed to have two daughters in the bed of a King, with very different results. What was the motivation, and the human cost? Although the affairs between Henry Tudor and the Boleyn sisters are at the center of it, it is _not_ an overly romantic or sexual film, despite a couple of expected scene which are actually very tame. (So much for the ripping bodices!) The biggest romance is largely off-camera, and the most explored relationships are between family members.

I liked the dark and somewhat claustrophobic feel of some the picture, using unusual camera angles, shooting through screens, etc., but some may not! I also loved the muted palette, and the costume department's efforts to express ideas artistically, yet staying true to basics--even the not-so-appreciated gable hood! Visually, it is stunning and appropriate.

Kristin Scott Thomas and David Morrissey, as the mother and uncle of the girls, are my favorite supporting performances. Mark Rylance plays a suitably weaselly and grasping social-climber. Charming brother George (Jim Sturgess) was almost another lead, and I loved his performance here. Natalie Portman pulls off an enjoyable blend of villain and victim here. Scarlett Johansson does well as the placid and truthful Mary, and while sometimes it would have been nice to see more emotion, she shows her character's transitions very well.

The worst part of the film overall is that the sense of time is often lost, as events over years feel like mere months, or weeks, and it can feel rushed. I feel that over-editing is probably to blame more than the original script, as one fairly crucial scene was cut but can be seen on the DVD! Still, I felt that it did a decent job of condensing a tale this epic to under two hours, although it probably would have been better if the makers had been open to a longer film.

One casualty of this "short movie" approach is depth and range of the performances, especially the character of Henry VIII himself. The focus is on the lives of the two women, and it is understandable that he is not center stage, but we are given only a glimpse into the change from an amiable and intelligent, if overly proud, monarch into a suspicious and vengeful man. It was too bad, because I really liked Bana's realistic, understated portrayal of Henry, one of the few that doesn't caricature him as a fat chicken-chomping joker with a bad temper, or a hammy "I am a master THESPIAN!" performance. Given more time on screen, I think Bana could have done more with the part. Fuller treatment of Henry's transformation also would have made for a more interesting and possibly darker, more realistic, and less melodramatic film, really showing why some things happen (I won't add any spoilers).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although there are a lot of mixed reviews about the story, this is a very enjoyable movie. I have never been impressed by Scarlett Johansson until this movie, and Natalie Portman is good as always. So, two thumbs up!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is disgusting i remember seeing the comercials & beinglike wow i want to see that. I finally saw it yesterday & i regret it. it might be a good book and a good movie but its disgusting what anne and her brother do or almost did. :p GROSS!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of the time when a book is translated to the screen, it loses its luster. The Other Boleyn Girl is no stranger to the fate of not living up to the book version. The novel itself is while fiction, historically close in accuracy and also easy to believe. The film seems to many times almost make the jump, but it drags in some places and seems rushed in others. Natalie Portman delivers a lackluster performance until half way through the movie while Scarlet Johansen shines, but it often left in the shadows. The portrayal of Henry VIII lacks depth or explaination and the politics behind his match with Anne Boleyn is all together forgotten. Even with all these flaws, the film was enjoyable and easy to watch.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie a lot because the actors played their parts so well. The storyline was captivating and let's face it, Eric Bana is HOT to look at. I will CAUTION that this movie is for older teens and adults due to it's sexual content and other elements. Other then that this is an enjoyable movie.
Smokeyone More than 1 year ago
This was a different aspect to the demise of Anne Boleyn. Great costumes, set, interiors, Scarlett Johansson carried the day.
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